Expo Milano 2015 Set to Launch Newest World’s Fair

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The World’s Fair returns in 2015 as Expo Milano, promising to be the biggest global event on food and nutrition.

The World’s Fair first launched in London in 1851, bringing people closer to faraway lands through national exhibitions. The U.S. was host to the World’s Fair in Philadelphia in 1876, Chicago in 1893, Buffalo, New York, in 1901, St. Louis in 1904 (where the ice cream cone was introduced!), San Francisco in 1915, Chicago in 1933 to 1934, and twice in New York (1939 to 1940 and 1964 to 1965).

Expo Milano takes place in Milan, Italy, May 1 to October 31, 2015, with more than 50 national pavilions and a mile-long covered walkway showcasing 78 smaller countries. The theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” will allow each country to show off its best in food and nutrition. The U.S., for example, will exhibit “American Food 2.0” in its pavilion that will include “Food Truck Nation,” bringing a rotating menu of food trucks from around the country to the world.

The event kicks off with an opening show on April 30, led by “Extraordinary Ambassador” Andrea Bocelli and “Special Ambassador” Giorgio Armani. The expo’s inauguration ceremony takes place on May 1 at noon, where leaders from around the world will be on hand to unveil their countries’ best.

–Lissa Poirot

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